A Scooter In The Wild

Just a blog about my scooter adventures.

Buzz in the Valley 7

Great weekend. Beat the Stella as hard as I’ve ever run it for 3 days and it survived.

Caught a few sprinkles but no heavy rain, and the temps varied from cold to hot.

The ride out was great (for me, not for the other sidecar that blew a tire and the other shifty scooter that ate a throttle cable).

Somewhere along the line I sieved the front brake pad, and the orange Stella lost critical brake components. I lost the marker light off the sidecar too.

All in all it was a good day.

Saturday was great too. The ride was a little rough with the sidecar, but we managed.

The ride home was interesting. Got horribly lost, things broke, no one got hurt. Perfect. placeholder://

As always, flood city scooter club did a fantastic job. Can’t wait for next year. And not just cause I destroyed at the raffle.

I will add more to this post as I collect pics from other riders.


Stella Sidecar Lighting

I finally added a light to the front of the sidecar on the Stella. It was badly needed. The headlight was barely bright enough to run the Stella after dark, much less this setup.

I ran wires to the battery (along the frame and skirted the exhaust – I added heat reflective aluminum tape to help keep the wires safe) and connected a waterproof switch.

I think I have about $30 in the light setup. It’s just an 18 watt LED cargo light , and it came with a second one in the box, so if it breaks- I will be back up and running in no time.

I also replaced the stock taillight bulbs with LED’s.

Massive difference in brake light visibility for $10 and 15 mins of work (if you count walking time to the mailbox).

I even threw on an old legshield on the sidecar so the passenger has a mirror too.

The Stella is ready to make the trip to Buzz in the Valley 7. Can’t wait.

Hope to see you there!

Getting the Stella ready for Buzz

Buzz in the Valley scooter rally is in two weeks. I’m taking the Stella sidecar rig out, so I started prepping it for three days of abuse. Gear oil change, brake pads on the front, check all the bolts, new LED tail light bulbs etc…

Tail light was easy. New bulbs are Bright. Brakes were the same, remove front tire, pop out a cover, then two bolts, a spring guide, drop pads out, new ones in. Re-assemble. Half hour, no sweat. Then I put the front tire back on, dropped it off the jack to pump the brake up- and heard a little pop and hissing. I though something must have gone wrong with a brake line, but no, I blew a front tube. Sitting in the garage. That is pretty strange, but at least it happened somewhere convenient.

Next weekend I’m going to get a new tube put in, and wire in a work light to use as a sidecar headlight.

Took the Dr350 to play in some dirt today…

Got the Dr350 out to play in some dirt today. It is fantastic on an logging trail in the mud. I had a blast.

The suspension works great and the hearing is spot on.

I would have taken more pics but I was having too much fun to stop. Oh well, I’ll go back later and get some more.

Dr350 day in the shop…

Took the dr350 to the shop today. They threw a new rear tire on, cleaned and repaired the carb (it was full of goop and mud and missing little parts), changed the oil (Spectro synthetic because good oil really does matter), changed the rear brake fluid, fixed the kickstand safety switch (it wasn’t working right and bit a chunk of my finger off while trying to get it repositioned so I could start the bike- more on that later), figured out what was wrong with the air box, adjusted the rear suspension and did a general check of the bike’s functionality and safety. Worth every penny- it runs 90% of perfect (I need some air box parts yet- it’s sucking a little too much air and can’t be tuned better till it has all it’s bits in all it’s places). It rides great, and tread on tires is a bonus. They even went for a ride with me to make sure everything was working right. Ice cream might have happened too. And a little bit of off road testing. It’s really hard to beat the mom and pop shop type service.

The bike earned a name today too. Bitey. Because it tried to eat my finger. I also had an idea for paint.

Porsche/90’s Japanese dirt bike. Basically the same thing right? At least it won’t get lost in the woods very easily. That’ll be a winter type project.

Snagged a Suzuki Dr350…

Snagged this little beasty last weekend.

It needs a little work, but it already has the Acerbis tank and rear rack and bigger foot pegs, so it’s a trade off.

It’s the pure 90’s pink and purple decal Dr350.

It survived a gut wrenching 150 mile ride home on the second sketchiest tire I’ve ever ridden on, with at least one jet clogged in the carb.

It fits me pretty well, but the suspension needs to be dialed in for fat guy specs, and a wider seat and taller bars are in its future, but for the most part I’m pretty happy with it.

After tearing up the Roughhouse this summer on a dirt road, I’ve been itching to get something more durable to play around with for next years 50cc ride. This should be able to take the abuse.

The best part/ worst part is that it’s kickstart only. No electric start. Sure it has less parts to break, but kickstarting a hot motor at a redlight sucks bad. Oh well, run what you brung right?

I have an appointment Saturday to get a new 50/50 dual sport rear tire, and to have Carlisle Cycle go over the carb and cables and give it a once over to make sure it won’t try to kill me. It’s great to have people I can trust to work on bikes and scooters. It’s not like a car where you can have catastrophic failures and it’s just inconvenient.

Anyways… I’ll post more about it as it happens. Happy riding! Hope to see you out there.

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick Canada…

Not scooter related but if you ever get the chance to check out Hopewell Rocks in Fundy Bay, New Brunswick Canada, you really should.

If you ever make it up that way, it’s definitely worth checking out. It can be windy or muddy or cold. Dress appropriately.

Riva is Sold.

The Riva was sold yesterday. Nice young couple from Lancaster came up and got it. I think it got a good home.

It was honestly the worst selling experience I’ve ever had (absolutely nothing to do with the buyers- they were awesome and extremely patient when everything went wrong repeatedly). I gave the Riva a solid going over in the morning before I left. I checked all the controls, the battery was fully charged, it had fuel, nothing was leaking, air in the tires, made sure I had all it’s spare parts and paperwork. It fired right up like usual, ran fine…

When he was test riding it, and shut it off with the kill switch, it wouldn’t re-fire. Battery was fine, and it was getting fuel and no spark. Ok, I’ve owned enough scooters to instantly distrust the kill switch, so I grabbed the screwdriver out of the glovebox and started disassembling the kill switch/starter button assembly. Wow Yamaha, really? You couldn’t put simply designed separate circuits for each? Obviously the whole thing popped apart and I dropped pieces and didn’t get to see how it went together. There is nothing like trying to troubleshoot something you’ve never seen before under pressure. On a hot day. Wearing riding gear.

I got it running, they still wanted it, so we loaded it up in their bus and headed to the local title place. The ones we spoke to the night before and told we would be there in the morning. They were closed. I will never use Gray’s Titling again. I’m really not surprised they have a one star rating after this.

We found a notary that was open, eventually got the title transferred, and everyone went their separate ways.

Like my brother said, no bike is harder to start than the one you are selling.

Vermont Title…

Aaaargh. My local title place is terrible. Took multiple phone calls to them and PenDot to establish that the paperwork I had from Vermont would be sufficient to sell the bike. I’m really glad we checked ahead of time. I have a guy traveling a long distance to look at the Riva tomorrow, and if he buys it, I don’t want to have to drag him to Harrisburg to transfer the title. Luckily everything is squared away now, and the titling place learned a new job skill.

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